Thursday, May 19, 2022

ELEMENTS Boosts BOLT NVMe Performance

High performance media storage specialist ELEMENTS has announced a new version of its popular BOLTNVMe storage appliance. The new revision boasts updated hardware delivering hugely increased performance.

Users recognise BOLT’s advantages in delivering consistently very high performance in demanding applications right across post production, at resolutions up to 8k. Because it is a large capacity device – 300TB of high-performance shared storage in a single 2U chassis – it means data managers do not need to worry about optimising the allocation strategy for power users in VFX and grading.

“We know that video professionals and post production facilities just want to get on with their creative workflows,” said André Kamps, CEO of ELEMENTS. “We originally conceived BOLT to give them the performance they need, while eliminating the tiresome business of managing storage and moving files from disk to NVMe.”

The new version of BOLT keeps the high capacity, but dramatically boosts data delivery. At 25GB/s per chassis BOLT was already 10 times faster than traditional NVMe devices. Now, thanks to an updated hardware platform, built on PCIe 4.0, it can deliver up to 70GB/s, meaning it can happily sustain a large team of demanding users.

“Developments in IT technology mean that we can now give BOLT a huge speed bump, making it even better for organisations,” explained ELEMENTS CTO Heiner Lesaar. “And along with the incredible performance, it still consumes only around a tenth of the power of a regular, disk-based 300TB shared storage device. Better performance; simpler operation; good for the environment.” 

The new prototype of BOLT will be among the systems demonstrated by ELEMENTS at NAB 2022.

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